ROBERT, Louisiana, and ZUG, Switzerland -- The US Coast Guard reports that work continues to stop the oil flow at the Deepwater Horizon incident site in the Gulf of Mexico using ROVs in an attempt to access the BOP. Further, one of the two rigs mobilized by BP for relief well drilling if necessary is expected on site today. BP has filed for the necessary permits to drill the well.
The Coast Guard says more than 1,000 personnel are involved in the effort. Equipment includes 14,654 gallons of dispersant already used with 119,734 gallons on standby, 21,340 ft of containment boom is in place, 10 response vessels and seven skimming boats are at work in the area.
Transocean reports theDeepwater Horizonwas insured for $560 million to cover total loss and wreck removal. The rig is 1,500 ft northwest of the well center and away from any subsea pipelines.